BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2015) -- A petition circulating around the town of Brownsburg calls for the school district to fire its Superintendent.
The petition, started by a group called "Brownsburg Residents for Fiscal Responsibility," asks the school board not to renew Brownsburg Community School Corporation Superintendent Jim Snapp's contract when it comes up for a vote Monday.
That group - and the opposition to the district - formed during a heated $95 million school referendum earlier in the year. Voters ultimately said no to the referendum in May.
The issue has even divided public officials in the town.
Rob Kendall, a town council member whose term expires in January, has become one of the most vocal opponents and has been circulating the petition on social media.
"I think this community is very divided right now and I think it’s in large part because of the actions of the Superintendent," Kendall said.
School board president Adam Brower disagreed, though, saying he believed the opposition is small. Brower cited a recent anonymous survey of parents, in which 96 percent said they were happy with the administration.
"The consensus of the board is that we think that he’s doing a good job, I think that the data’s there to support it. There are going to be people who disagree but that’s part of it... I don't think the answer is to fire Jim Snapp," Brower said.
Brower agreed the referendum did not go well, saying he and board members have met with opponents to see their side and try to come to some agreement.
"Leading up to the board meeting Monday, obviously (I've) had a ton of people reach out, from the opposition group and, I would say, three times as many people reaching out saying 'Hey, we support Jim Snapp,'" Brower said.
Kendall, however, said he and others believe there are more people who are unhappy with the district and that worry another referendum is on the horizon.
"The votes had hardly been counted and then they’re already talking about another referendum. That’s not listening to the will of the voters," Kendall said.
The board will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. to vote on Snapp's new three year contract.